Researcher Profile

Dr. John T. Beebe

John Beebe
Surveying aquatic habitat reaches on
Irvine Creek using a Total Station

Job Title: Part-time Faculty Member
Employer: Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Public School attended: Withrow PS, Earl Grey SPS
High School attended: Riverdale Collegiate
Further Education: Wilfrid Laurier University (Ph.D. - 1997)
Geographic focus of research: Ontario, BC, US

Brief synopsis of current research:
Current research involves investigation of the role coarse woody debris plays in altering flow and sediment transport in rivers in Southern Ontario.

This process-oriented research involves detailed mapping of flow patterns and their behaviour before and after encountering woody debris, and investigating sediment transport relationships in river systems that have been disrupted by large amounts of woody debris input from the riparian zone. The context of this research is both theoretical (I'm working on modelling the processes involved) and applicable to fish habitat in rivers. A side-bar to this research is applications in fluvial geomorphology, particularly in relation to natural channel design and aquatic habitat.

Mailing address:
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Ave West, WATERLOO, ON N2L 3C5 Canada
Phone: (519) 884 0710 x3744 (Office); Fax: (519) 220 0283

Recent Publications:

Beebe, J. T. (in review). Micro-rotational cells in fluid flow based on vector analysis: Implications for sediment transport. Geomorphology.

Beebe, J. T. (revised). The role of downstream-oriented logs in controlling river behaviour: implications for aquatic habitat. Regulated Rivers: Research and Management.

Beebe, J. T. (revised). The effect of woody debris obstructions on a fluid vector field. Physical Geography

Beebe, J. T. (revised). The effect of coarse woody debris on flow and bed morphology: a laboratory study. Canadian Geographer.

Beebe, J. T. 1996. Fluid speed variability and the importance to managing fish habitat in rivers. Regulated Rivers: Research and Management 12(1):63-79.

My background is in geomorphology and biology, and I have always been interested in the connections between the two. As a faculty member I am able to conduct my research into the relationships between channel functioning and aquatic habitat. My career allows me to take the research in any direction I want (be it theoretical or applied) without having to worry about client influences.